Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Institute To Focus On Sports With Olympic Gold Potential

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 (Bernama) -- The National Sports Institute (NSI) which manages the scientific aspects of an athlete's performance would focus on winnable sports to deliver the nation's first Olympic gold medal in London next year.

NSI chairman Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Zin Bidin said among the sports with such potentials were badminton, tenpin bowling, archery and cycling.

"We plan to focus on athletes in these sports from the aspects of food, psychology and their mental state while other sports would also be given due attention," he told reporters after chairing the first NSI board of directors meeting here, Thursday.

NSI has been made a statutory body effective Sept 16 through the NSI Act.

It intends to provide the best sports technological service and facility in the training of high performance athletes in international sports tournaments apart from producing the first athlete to win an Olympic gold medal for the country.

Meanwhile, NSI chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz said NSI had sufficient science experts to carry out its scope of work which was expected to expand next year.

"At the moment, we have a staff strength of 400 and we are enhancing both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of our manpower," he said.

He said there was a need to balance the number of sports science experts with the number of national elite athletes based on current needs.

"We need to see how we can cooperate with the Education Ministry and Higher Education Ministry to produce talented elite athletes," he said.

--BERNAMA

1 comment:

fatmi said...

Nice article, I am also very optimist, that there must be athletic institutions beside the education and studies.

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